Paul McCartney swears by it. During an episode of the podcast Table Manners, the former Beatle revealed that his eyesight is still totally sharp and said he regularly practices eye yoga to help keep his vision intact.
There’s some evidence that eye yoga might actually be able to help with your ability to focus your eyes and help relieve eye strain symptoms
Common eye yoga exercises include:
- deliberately and repeatedly looking up and down, then left and right
- closing your eyes for several seconds to increase moisture on your eyeballs
- warming your palms and then placing them over your closed eyes
- Choosing an object and staring at it without blinking. During this exercise, focus and unfocus your eyes
Exercising eye muscles will not eliminate the most common need for corrective lenses:
- presbyopia (age-related lens stiffening)
- Above all, eye exercises will do nothing for glaucoma and macular degeneration.
A 2013 study of 60 participants noted that simple eye exercises improved response time to what the study group was seeing. In other words, eye exercises helped them to more quickly identify what they were looking at.
We need more research to back up the many claims that people make about eye yoga. There’s reason to believe that eye yoga and other eye exercises might help with eye strain by decreasing stress and improving your focus, but the truth is that we don’t have a lot of definitive science to support that one way or another.
If you want to give eye yoga a try, there’s very little risk, no minimum fitness level, and at the worst, you’ll lose a minute.
Speak to your doctor if you’re concerned about diminishing eyesight, dry eye, cataracts, or frequent eye strain. Eye yoga and other eye exercises aren’t an acceptable form of treatment to replace medical advice from an eye doctor.